Safety Bubba Bolden is no longer enrolled in school and was officially removed from USC football’s roster on Sunday.
It would seem that the Bubba Bolden saga has reached its end, though questions still remain over the safety’s future.
The safety was deleted from the roster in USC football’s game notes for the upcoming matchup with Colorado. As first pointed out by Chris Trevino of USCFootball.com, the notes state that Bolden “no longer is enrolled at USC.”
Bolden, who played in all but one game as a freshman special teams contributor, was slated to start for the Trojans alongside Marvell Tell this year, but his sophomore campaign never got off the ground. Before the season began, he was put on indefinite suspension for an undisclosed conduct issue.
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Still active on social media throughout his suspension, last week he posted cryptically on Instagram a photo of himself in a USC uniform with the caption “…coming soon.” Days later, his social media account was scrubbed of all mentions of the Trojans. That was the first hint of his eventual departure from school.
It is not clear where Bolden will go from here, but USC remains in a tough spot at safety. On top of Bolden’s suspension, the Trojans saw veteran Ykili Ross depart the team with the intention of transferring after a dispute over his role on the defense.
With Bolden suspended and Ross gone, Clay Helton and company turned to redshirt sophomore Isaiah Pola-Mao to fill the vacant starting spot alongside Tell. However, Pola-Mao injured his shoulder early in the second game of the season against Stanford and was lost for the year.
USC now has just three scholarship safeties on the roster, including Tell, redshirt sophomore C.J. Pollard and true freshman starter Talanoa Hufanga. Freshman cornerback Chase Williams was moved into the position to provide additional depth.
UPDATE: Bolden released a statement on Instagram on Monday afternoon explaining his situation.
With Bolden confirming his exit, the only question that remains to be answered is where he lands now.